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Blackpool Dance Festival 2010
Blackpool Junior Dance Festival 5th to 10th April
Blackpool Dance Festival 28th May to 4th June
British National Dance Championships 18th November to 20th November
The 8-day Blackpool Dance Festival is the world's first and most famous annual ballroom dance competition of international significance, held in the Empress Ballroom at the Winter Gardens since 1920. It is also the largest ballroom competition over 1500 couples from 54 countries take part in the festival every year.
As of the early 21st century the festival is held in May. It covers Ballroom and Latin American dancing, and incorporates the British Open Championships in categories of adult amateur and professional couples and formation teams. In 2005 two new categories were introduced: the British Rising Star Amateur Ballroom and Latin Competitions. Two invitation events, the Professional Team Match and the Exhibition Competition, create much interest.
The Junior Dance Festival, Blackpool Sequence Dance Festival, and British National Dance Festival are also held annually in Blackpool.